Michael Vaughan criticized Rohit Sharma’s leadership as ‘average,’ citing his struggles in countering England’s Ollie Pope, who excelled in playing sweeps and reverse sweeps. The former England captain didn’t hold back as he analyzed Sharma’s captaincy in India’s first Test against England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Vaughan highlighted Sharma’s inability to effectively handle Pope, whose outstanding 196-run innings played a significant role in England’s 28-run victory, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series. Despite Pope’s dismissal, the damage had been done to the Indian bowling lineup.
Vaughan suggested that Sharma should have employed more aggressive field placements to compel the English batsmen to attempt riskier shots. He also expressed that the Indian team should have adjusted their strategy earlier, as the English batters were handling the Indian bowlers with ease.
Pope’s exceptional performance earned him the Player of the Match award as England secured a historic victory, handing India their first Test defeat in Hyderabad. A crucial partnership between Pope and Ben Foakes bolstered England’s position, ultimately leading to their triumph.
England’s bowling attack efficiently dismissed India for 202 runs, sealing their remarkable win. Vaughan’s critique of Sharma’s captaincy highlighted the challenges faced by the Indian team in the first Test against England.